What is a Botox injection?
Tight muscles can cause migraine headaches, torticollis and myofascial pain syndromes throughout the body. After the target muscles are identified, a needle containing Botox is directed into the muscle belly. To ensure accuracy and safety, the procedure is performed under EMG or ultrasound guidance. Once the muscles relax, the surrounding inflammation decreases, resulting in pain relief.
How long does it take?
Botox injections are performed on an outpatient basis using a very small needle. Depending on the extent of the problem, the procedure typically requires 20 minutes, including preparation and recovery time.
How often should this procedure be done?
Botox injections may be given every three months. In general, the injections usually last up to three months and need to be repeated.
What are the expected results?
Botox injections are very successful in relieving pain. The benefit from these injections will typically occur seven days following the procedure. When combined with routine soft tissue work and stretching the results are often long lasting.